Post by Resident Bitchy Canadian Fan on Sept 15, 2021 23:30:22 GMT -5
Texas and Wisconsin then it gets fun.
Right now it looks like Pitt, Ohio State, Louisville and Washington will be good contenders. If play improves or continues to improve by teams like Nebraska, Minnesota, Baylor, Florida, Stanford, BYU, Kentucky, etc. could definitely make it.
In the end, I think we’ll see Texas, Wisconsin, Stanford and Nebraska. Kinda generic but I think those two will improve a lot with their young pieces in the lineup making big strides.
Post by BuckysHeat on Sept 16, 2021 7:32:14 GMT -5
Texas and Wisconsin should be barring an extinction level event happening between now and December
Pitt and Baylor will yet again find a way to lose when they shouldn't. Hope not but history suggests it will be so Florida will need to draft somebody or make a trade to pass the ball so Monserez can set it badly to their awesome pins OSU has the tools and looks very good but are still unproven Nebraska/Stanford/Kentucky - who knows? All have the players to do it but seem to be struggling to find out what they want to be this year Louisville is a real wild card. They have performed really well the past 2 years in the tournament. Last night's 5th set 8-0 run to close it out gives me hope that they won't get "Bogo'ed" again Utah/Washington - cannot get a read on where they belong yet.
2018 Fantasy League champion (Since it was never added for me)
Post by hipsterfilth on Sept 16, 2021 9:37:48 GMT -5
Watching Wisconsin, without <<IMO>> their best OH, put a beat down on a really good Marquette team was eye opening. I think they are even better than last year’s version.
I think TX is catching some %*$# for playing close matches with just about everybody, including Notre Dame and Arizona () this last weekend, but I think all sets TX plays this year are going to be “closer than they should be” bc they have better hitters than anyone in the country, but that doesn’t cause separation within matches- setting and defense does, and they’re struggling in those areas this year. That said, they have such an offensive (both pronunciations work) advantage that I doubt they’ll lose before the final four, if at all.
I think Ohio State is the real deal, and the Texas Tech and Washington matches made me a believer. They have every player back from the Spring and they all look like they’ve improved from their Elite Eight sojourn. That said, they are still in the position where only one (maybe 2?) regular seniors and 0 COVID seniors get playing time, so they may falter from relative inexperience down the stretch.
Y’all - as it stands now, Stanford and Nebraska are not it. They have some amazing pieces, but the match they played this week was low quality. I’m sure I’ll get some crap for saying that, but go watch a replay of Stanford / Neb, and then immediately watch Louisville / KY. The pace of play, shot selection, setter choice, floor defense, ball control, everything was better in the second match. I know Neb has two AA outside hitters who didn’t play, and that should help them to improve, but I think we’re one year away from Stanford being really good. But, I would’ve said the same thing in 2016, so maybe this will be the year of Holly and the Hollyettes.
All of this to say- I think TX and WI are the front runners and it’ll be surprising if they don’t make it. I think Ohio State has the pieces, and after that it’s ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
But if I wanted to I could probably go out and get one, because I am - what? Sickening.